Hamels’ 7 innings and Ibanez’s 2-run HR leads Phillies to 5-3 win over Red SoxBy AP
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Hamels, Ibanez help Phillies down Red Sox
BOSTON — Cole Hamels cooled off Boston’s surging lineup with seven strong innings, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday to salvage the finale of the weekend series.
Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who snapped a six-game road losing streak with just their eighth win in their last 24 games overall.
Adrian Beltre hit his ninth homer for Boston, which plated double digits in each of the first two games of the series, winning by a combined score of 22-4.
Hamels (6-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and walked two, stopping a personal three-game skid. The left-hander has yielded three runs or less in each of his last eight starts.
Tim Wakefield (2-5) pitched 7 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing four runs and five hits. The 43-year-old knuckleballer also became the third active pitcher to reach 3,000 innings.
Jose Contreras relieved Hamels and pitched a scoreless eighth. J.C. Romero was charged with two runs in the ninth, but Brad Lidge got the final two outs for his fourth save.
Philadelphia, which had lost its last six games at Fenway Park, strung together five consecutive hits during its four-run fourth.
Jayson Werth hit a tying RBI single and Ibanez belted the next pitch into the Phillies’ bullpen in right to make it 3-1. Ben Francisco doubled and Juan Castro added an RBI single.
It was a welcome sight for Philadelphia, which has had trouble scoring the past few weeks.
Castro also hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 5-1.
Wakefield reached 3,000 career innings when Shane Victorino flied out in the third, joining Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer and the New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte as the only active pitchers to reach the mark. Pettitte accomplished the feat on Friday night.
NOTES: Red Sox OF Daniel Nava almost wasn’t in the lineup one day after he became the second player ever to hit a grand slam on the first pitch of his initial major league plate appearance. But manager Terry Francona elected to give OF Mike Cameron, bothered by an abdominal strain, the day off. … Nava still didn’t have a name plate above his locker Sunday morning. … The Phillies went 2-4 against the Red Sox this season, with Hamels getting both wins. … Boston 1B Kevin Youkilis, hit on the right arm by a pitch Saturday, was given the day off. “He’s a little sore,” Francona said. … The Phillies have Monday off before Roy Halladay faces New York ace CC Sabathia at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. … Victor Martinez had a 15-pitch at-bat against Hamels when he drew a walk in the sixth.
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